For some people, crossing a border is part of a daily commute... for some, it's much more dramatic.
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Border delays are frustrating at the best of times. A major border delay when you need to leave the country to attend the birth of your first child? Really, really frustrating. But that's what happened to Precious Chong
and Wes Berger
. Tune in to find out how that cross-border conundrum turned out...
Few borders get as much attention as the one between the United States and Mexico. And few people have spent as much intimate time on it as Whitehorse-based writer Luke Dittrich
. He's a writer for Esquire
magazine, and one of his assignments was to walk the length of it and write about what he found. So he spent 28 days walking the border... pushing a baby stroller full of gear and supplies. We'll find out what he discovered. (Below: Luke, at right, watches border agents arrest border crossers. Photo by Vance Jacobs
A leaky boat, a 10-month-old baby, and a wild ride on the ocean waves. We'll hear the dramatic story of how Vladi and Jan Hudec
- the parents of Canadian World Cup skiier Jan Hudec Jr.
- escaped from behind the Iron Curtain.
Many people have had the experience of encountering an "impolite" border guard. But Desiderio Fortunato
wasn't prepared for the reaction he got when he asked a border guard to use the magic word...
A few years back, Sook-Yin took the tunnel bus from Windsor to Detroit - through one of the continent's busiest border crossings. We'll revisit her chat with the commuters on that bus.Salman Ahmad
's band, Junoon
, has been described as "the U2 of Pakistan." And they've crossed borders to play around the world... but one of the toughest borders to cross was into their neighbouring country, India. Salman will explain why... and what happened when the band finally made it to a show in Kashmir.
Canadian hitmaker Dan Hill
thought everything was going smoothly at customs... until the German shepherds started barking. We'll find out what Dan really had in his carry-on bag... and what happened when the latex gloves came on. (Below: "Sometimes when we touch..." Dan Hill meets Sook-Yin Lee.)
Borders don't exist just between countries - there are other, less visible, borders in our own communities. Sook-Yin will visit the Jane-Finch area of Toronto - which shares a border with York University - with student, and Jane-Finch resident, Rahma Siad-Togane
Before he became one of the world's most popular mystery writers, Ian Rankin
did a fair bit of border hopping. He'll tell us about one jaunt that began with a drunken pig, and ended with a wedding. (And if you'd like to win a signed copy of Ian's latest book, The Impossible Dead
, tell us about the border crossing that saved - or destroyed - a relationship for you. Call your story in to 1-866-630-3686, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
How did your border anxiety manifest itself? Sook-Yin turns the mic over to you for your stories.
A few years back, Gary Jones
noticed he started having "trouble" at the border. It turns out there was another "bad ass" Gary Jones out there. So not-bad-ass Gary came up with what he thought was a good solution. But he soon discovered you don't change the border... the border changes you.
You've heard of singing for your supper... but what about singing to get across the border? We'll check in with award-winning Canadian folk trio The Good Lovlies
, who had to work their pipes to cross the line.
Between Nicaragua and Canada, there are at least five borders. And if you're an illegal immigrant hoping for a new life, that's five chances to have your dream crushed. A few years ago, Canadian-Mexican filmmaker Arturo Perez Torres
followed two young Nicaraguans on their treacherous quest to make it to Canada. We'll talk with him about the film he made, Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary
.And here's this week's music playlist:Maiko Watson
- "Breaking My Heart"The Be Good Tanyas
- "Ship Out On the Sea"Ben Wilkins
- "Through To You"John K. Samson
- "When I Write My Master's Thesis"Junoon
- "Sayonee"Lily Allen
- "Smile"Saidah Baba Talibah
- "Revolution"Rae Spoon
- "We Can't Be Lovers With These Guns On Each Other"The Good Lovlies
- "Old Highway"